Sherilyn Wheeler Hale, age 65, of Tempe, Arizona passed away peacefully in her sleep early on Wednesday morning, September 30, 2020 after a 17-month battle with brain cancer.
Sheri was born in Mesa, AZ on August 28, 1955 to Richard and Betty Joan (Holt) Wheeler. She was a graduate of Arizona State University, where she studied education. Sheri married her sweetheart, Michael Reber Hale, in the Mesa, Arizona Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on December 30, 1976. Together they built a loving and supportive family of 7 children, and 39 grandchildren.
Sheri was preceded in death by her mother, Joan, her precious daughter, Season Joy Barnett (Ian), and her sweetheart, Mike.
She is survived by her father, Richard Wheeler (Fay); six of her children, Aaron Hale (Becky), Summer Schlink (Nathan), Autumn Crawford (Jason), Spring Theobald (Cory), Winter Freebairn (Kyle), and Rainy Christensen (Brandon); her son-in-law, Ian Barnett (Erin); her 39 grandkids; and her siblings, Pam Garner (Dale), Rick Wheeler (Debbie), Dale Wheeler (Tracy), Larry Wheeler, Laura Gregory (Bill), Meilyn Bushman (Rob), Kari Eagar, Becky Cox (Bill), Mike Eagar (Cindy), Bryan Wheeler (Christina), Josh Eagar (Kristie), Tami McCoy (Devin), Julie Spahr, and Kristen Reber (Ty).
Sheri spent her life in the service of her family, friends, and neighbors. She was a devoted mother who sacrificed her time and talents throughout her life to bring up her children in light and love. She served her adult children and grandchildren just as faithfully and played an active role in each of their lives. Her family was her greatest accomplishment, and her greatest source of joy. She faithfully served a mission to the Dominican Republic (2018-2019) and in many ward and stake callings for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sheri loved everyone she served and was a friend to countless many. Her cheerfulness and positivity were inspiring to all those around her. Above all, she loved God and wanted to please Him. She attended the temple diligently and worked daily to be worthy of the Holy Ghost’s guidance. The love of Christ shone abundantly through her words and actions.
Sheri leaves behind a legacy of love, hard work, and devotion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her light and influence was far-reaching and she will be missed by many. Thank you, mom, for all the goodness you brought into our lives. We take comfort in knowing that you and dad are together and that we will all be together again.
Sheri’s visitation is being held Friday evening, October 9, 2020 at the Lakeshore LDS Chapel (6001 S. Lakeshore Dr. Tempe, AZ) from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Funeral services will be held at the same location on Saturday morning, October 10, 2020 at 11:00am. Flowers can be sent to Bunker’s Garden Chapel (33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201).